iPhone 5, iPad Mini, 4th-Gen iPad Get Release Dates For China
Apple announced Chinese release dates for the iPhone 5, the iPad Mini, and the 4th-generation iPad today. The Wi-Fi versions of the new iPads will be available in China on Friday, December 7, and the iPhone 5 will be available on Friday, December 14.
Apple’s latest iPad models are already available in 42 countries, and the iPhone 5 is currently available in 47.
The iPad Mini with Wi-Fi comes in black & slate or white & silver, and costs $329 (US) for the 16GB model, $429 (US) for the 32GB model and $529 (US) for the 64GB model. The 4th-generation iPad with Wi-Fi models come in black or white, and cost $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model.
Apple will sell the new iPads in China through its Apple ONline Store and via select Apple Authorized Resellers. They will also be sold by reservation at the company’s retail stores. Reservation requests will be accepted between 9AM and 5PM on a daily basis, starting December 6, for pick up the following day. The iPad 2 will also be available for $399 (US).
The iPhone 5 comes in black & slate or white & silver, and costs $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. The same buying options as the iPads apply. The iPhone 4S now costs $99 (US), and the iPhone 4 is free with a two-year contract.
In the U.S., Apple is now selling unlocked GSM iPhone 5 models, according to reports.